Creative Reminder: Anything Goes!

I’ve been feeling a little lost on the creative front. All my energies have been going to writing, and my fiber artist, who loves to sew and knit, has been terribly neglected. Fortunately, my quilt guild (the Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters) had a thoughtful and articulate speaker at this week’s meeting.

Tom Lundberg is a fiber artist and a professor at Colorado State University. He gave an inspiring talk that explored a variety of ways fibers can be used to create objects. The art he shared with us showed the wild and unusual things modern artists are doing with yarn, thread, fabric, and other materials. When his talk was over I nearly jumped out of my seat to run up and talk to him.

What got me so excited?

Being reminded about Mark Newton, who knits full-size superhero costumes for every hero out there, from Batman to Argyleman.

Seeing examples of yarn bombing, a form of guerrilla art where the artists cover everyday outdoor objects with yarn.

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Paul Nosa who does free-hand drawings with his mobile bicycle and solar-powered sewing machine.

Why did I get so excited? Because I remembered something I had forgotten about art, something incredibly important.

Anything goes. There are no rules. Make whatever you dream of making. Play, experiment, explore. Have fun.

The result: I still don’t know what I’ll be doing when I get there, but I cannot wait to get into my studio.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Creative Reminder: Anything Goes!”

  1. Yes indeed. Though my painted and drawn art tends to be pretty utilitarian and illustrative, I do make the occasional hamster or skull and crossbones-shaped meatloaf, and I find art wherever I go, in abandoned buildings, leaves and skies. Great affirmation, Kit.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I can’t believe I forgot this, but I think it really explains why I’ve been less than excited about quilting lately. I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut and been working within some unwritten parameters that are kind of limiting. Hope to get time in the studio soon to start thinking about what I can do that’s different.

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    1. Thanks! I am also putting a lot of my energy into writing right now. But I definitely ebb and flow with my creative work, and sometimes I need to make stuff with my hands. I sometimes get frustrated that there isn’t more time. Still trying to figure out how to live forever. 🙂

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